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Jodi Picoult Turns Tough Topics Into Best-Sellers

Novelist Jodi Picoult isn't afraid to traverse morally fraught terrain in her tense family dramas, making her an unlikely fixture on the best-sellers charts. Her latest, Lone Wolf, follows two siblings who disagree about whether to continue medical care for their comatose father.
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How Ford's CEO Helped Restore The 'American Icon'

In 2009, when the other Big Three automakers were filing for bankruptcy protection, Ford CEO and auto-industry outsider Alan Mulally helped the company post its first annual profit in four years. In American Icon, journalist Bryce Hoffman explores how Mulally helped Ford avoid the fate of its fellow automakers.
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'Schoolhouse': Rosenwald Schools In The South

Sears, Roebuck President Julius Rosenwald and civil rights leader Booker T. Washington got together to help build of thousands of schoolhouses for black children in the segregated South. Author Stephanie Deutsch tells the story of their friendship in You Need a Schoolhouse.
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Artful, American Essays From 'When I Was A Child'

Novelist Marilynne Robinson takes on Christian faith and the American West in her new collection of essays, When I Was a Child I Read Books. "I find that the hardest work in the world," she writes, "... is to persuade Easterners that growing up in the West is not intellectually crippling."
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'1861': A Social History Of The Civil War

Historian Adam Goodheart explains how national leaders and ordinary citizens across the country responded to the chaos and uncertainty in 1861: The Civil War Awakening.
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'Fragile Beginnings': When Babies Are Born Too Soon

In 1963, President John F. Kennedy's son Patrick was born prematurely and died of a respiratory problem that is now routinely treated. In the 50 years since, extraordinary advancements have been made in the field of neonatal intensive care. Dr. Adam Wolfberg explores those triumphs in his new book.

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